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I have no problem understanding that women are interested in mascara and the Middle East. Men are allowed to talk about sports relentlessly, and yet we still take them seriously. I don’t understand why women can’t talk about fashion, or sex, or love, or wanting more money and not be taken as seriously as men.

Here’s a recap of my comments at the MIT panel on Market Basket, as featured in the Boston Review. It was an incredible experience: professors, Market Basket employees, customers, and students came together to discuss this incredible case of protest. The event was invigorating. One of those all-too-rare instances of academia truly connecting with real people. Thanks to all!

Robert Reich gets it, Renee Richardson Gosline gets it, Eliot Tatelman gets it, but BJ’s CEO Laura Sen does not get it. It always has and always will be about making the customer happy and having an environment where the employees can enjoy their job. It is not about the stockholders.

Harry Dunne

Chatham

Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine — Readers respond to stories on Market Basket:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2014/09/13/letters-editor-globe-magazine/I4odY1UuAkao1tDlLcQm7M/story.html

My thoughts (alongside those of Robert Reich and others), on the role of social media and consumer-brand relationships in the Market Basket saga (featured in the current Boston Globe Magazine).

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nprfreshair:

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."  - Nelson Mandela 
 
Today is Nelson Mandela Day, marked by his birthday. This is the first Mandela Day since his death last December. 

Madiba, the world is better off for having had you in it. True leadership.

nprfreshair:

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."  - Nelson Mandela 

 

Today is Nelson Mandela Day, marked by his birthday. This is the first Mandela Day since his death last December. 

Madiba, the world is better off for having had you in it. True leadership.

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onthemedia:

WHAT CAN WE LEARN ABOUT THE INTERNET FROM THE DISASTROUS DASHCON CONVENTION LAST WEEKEND?
Fandom works precisely because it has no leaders. People feed off one another’s creativity and energy, and you don’t need anyone’s permission to squirrel your own stories away on your Tumblr. They are yours and they are everyone’s. No one’s asking permission, no one’s organizing them beyond a few hashtags, and no one is “responsible” with keeping the fandom running smoothly. 
But to create an event, one that exists in the world, and requires transactions (both socially and monetarily), well, fandom doesn’t necessarily equip one to be able to pull that off. It feels like the DashCon organizers were faced with an event that they willed into being, and then required maintenance, follow-through, and organization. And it fell apart.

onthemedia:

WHAT CAN WE LEARN ABOUT THE INTERNET FROM THE DISASTROUS DASHCON CONVENTION LAST WEEKEND?

Fandom works precisely because it has no leaders. People feed off one another’s creativity and energy, and you don’t need anyone’s permission to squirrel your own stories away on your Tumblr. They are yours and they are everyone’s. No one’s asking permission, no one’s organizing them beyond a few hashtags, and no one is “responsible” with keeping the fandom running smoothly. 

But to create an event, one that exists in the world, and requires transactions (both socially and monetarily), well, fandom doesn’t necessarily equip one to be able to pull that off. It feels like the DashCon organizers were faced with an event that they willed into being, and then required maintenance, follow-through, and organization. And it fell apart.